5 Colour Stories You Can Wear to Make a Statement at Work
STYLE & FASHION
Picture the scene.
You have a big work event coming up where you need to impress. Whether it’s a presentation, interview, meeting or review, the details have been arranged, time is running out and you’ve got no idea what to wear. Sigh.
Lucky for you, we’ve got the answer.
Instead of focusing on which clothing pieces you should wear, why not focus on which colours you should wear instead? After all, studies have shown that certain colours can directly affect our behaviour, mood and impression on others.
Simply put: if you want to make a serious style statement, gain the approval of fellow fashionistas and ultimately nail your work event, choose one of the following 5 colour stories to help you create the perfect outfit.
Sure, an outfit colour story is traditionally made up of pieces that align with a particular colour palette. That said, you won’t go far wrong when it comes to pairing black with white.
A timelessly elegant combination, black is always seen as professional and powerful - and white has pure and innocent connotations.
If you like the minimalistic look, why not try a pair of black cigarette trousers like these Coster Copenhagen Pants with a button-up white shirt and black brogues? You could even swap the shirt for a jumper in the colder months, such as this Off White Garcia Pullover.
Either way, be sure to add this IOAKU The Dragonfly Mini Silver Necklace for the finishing touch. Now that’s what we call classic office chic.
If you like the idea of keeping your outfit understated for the professional environment but injecting a pop of colour through vibrant tones or pretty pastels, then this story’s for you.
How do I do this, you ask? Well, opt for the same monochrome outfit, but add a rich primary hue on top like this Garcia Peach Pink Cardigan or swap the bottoms for these Access Fashion Pink Tailored Trousers.
Another great colour story for work is dressing head-to-toe in the same hue or print. It’s the equivalent of rocking this Poppy Red Garcia Dress and teaming it with the corresponding heels, bag and tailored jacket.
Even though red undeniably conveys passion, you might want to vary the tones in your outfit to create dimension and lessen the intensity for a formal situation.
If you want to get heads turning in the office for all the right reasons, take a key piece in a strong hue like this:
And clash it with another piece in a vivid colour like this:
For captivating contrast on a smaller scale, opt for a different-hued shoe or accessory.
Why clash at all? Well, some people find that wearing more than one bright colour makes them more noticeable in corporate environments. This is particularly useful in group settings like an assessment centre or a board meeting where you have to argue your case for a promotion.
Red, in particular, automatically lifts our mood. And pink calms and reassures us, thus giving us more confidence. Winning.
For easy and effortless office style, embrace neutrals like beige, cream, brown, tan and grey. After all, brown represents stability and reliability, and grey champions practicality.
And just because you want to tone down your aesthetic doesn’t mean that you have to blend in. Teaming a playful pattern like this
With a neutral piece like this:
And block heels creates a modern, youthful look that we’re obsessed with.
Whoever said that neutrals are boring?
Finding Your True Colour Story
Sure, finding the perfect outfit for a big work event can be challenging. That said, the key to success is identifying the impression that you want to make and then choosing a colour story that will help you to create this.
Above all, make sure that your outfit reflects your personality as this is the best way to be unique in a crowd of people.
It’s like Coco Chanel once said: “In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.” Now go and show them what you’re made of.
What are your favourite colours to wear for a big work event and why? Do you change it up or stick to the same story?
Have a great day!
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